In no time or place in history has there been more oppression against a group of individuals than college students of color today. More specifically, women of color on college campuses.
Slavery was bad, don’t get me wrong, but it has NOTHING on the oppression college students face when walking to their classes. Cisgendered white men consistently find new ways to keep anyone not like them under their thumb.
Whenever I see a straight white male student on campus, I cower in fear. I can’t help it. I’m afraid of being assaulted.
– (Name non-disclosed for privacy purposes)
This is why students of color and differing sexual orientations so desperately need safe spaces. Maybe 50 years ago, rape consisted of the violent sexual assault of a woman. Today, rape consists of a white male staring at another person for more than 3 seconds at any given time. THIS IS DANGEROUS, and it needs to stop. It’s now easier than ever for rape to occur because of these new standards.
Cat calling, whistling, saying “hi”, saying “you look pretty today” – it doesn’t get any worse than that. We live in a patriarchal society and our last hope of overturning the entire system was to NOT elect Donald Trump as our president, but here we are.
I’m afraid to leave my house. I can’t go outside. I’m shaking. I don’t even feel safe under the blankets of my own bed. I just cant.
Cisgendered white men who don’t check their privilege on a daily basis are a threat to our civilization. We’re already worse off than any other time in history. With the campus rape cases skyrocketing, rape culture being propagated, women’s rights being stripped from them on a daily basis – POC and women are essentially living in concentration camps in their own country. This is unacceptable.
On my way to class one time, a straight white male looked at me and said “hey, you look really nice today.” I felt like screaming but I didn’t want to make a scene. I was so scared that he might rape me.
White men have a tendency of not even recognizing that this is a problem. They don’t acknowledge it. They think we’re overreacting. Give me a break. If the straight white man would see what it feels like in our non-privileged shoes for one day, they’d scream too.
Muslims are getting beat up on a daily basis. Mexicans are being harassed. Black people are being threatened. College campuses are no longer safe and safe spaces are our last hope. If white men somehow manage to take that from us… all we can do is fight back. It’s our only option.
Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that but seeing as though Trump just killed over 30,000 children in Syria because he felt like it, we just can’t know.
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